Arnold Palmer will be honored by the United States Postal Service by being in a nationwide stamp in its 2020 collection.
The USPS will honor Palmer for his life story and broader impact on society, as he approached golf, in their words, "with drive and charisma, he helped transform a game once seen as a pastime for the elite into a sport enjoyed by the masses.”
This is the first time Palmer has been honored with an official USPS stamp. Fellow son of Latrobe, Pa., Fred Rogers, was honored with a stamp in 2018.
The stamp uses James Drake's photograph of Palmer at the 1964 US Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Palmer’s name appears in the top left corner and the words “Forever” and “USA” are printed along the bottom of the left edge. USPS Art Director Antonio Alcala designed the stamp.
The stamp is a Forever stamp, meaning that it will always be equal in value to the current First Class Mail price.
“To have my father celebrated in this way is a true honor,” said Amy Saunders, Palmer’s daughter and chairwoman of the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation. “It’s something I think he would be proud of as both an individual and as an American, and it’s a wonderful way to preserve his legacy.”
The date and venue for First Day of Issue will be announced later, and upon release, the stamps can be purchased online or at a local post office.